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Intrinsic Value Global Strategy
Ariel International Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach


Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 years of industry experience

Managing risk is a top priority

  • We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management

Screening out provides a stronger starting point

  • While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies

All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set

  • Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes

Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios

  • In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company's business model


Key Facts
Investment Style:
International all cap, intrinsic value
Market Cap: All cap
Inception:
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: typically 25-40%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AINTX
Institutional Class: AINIX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$740.6 million as of 12/31/2020
 
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
 

Our global investment philosophy


Patience

We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
  • Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right

Independence

We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
  • Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
  • Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls

Expertise

We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment

Teamwork

We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
  • Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
  • Team members with defined roles vet each stock


Our global process


Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    Team debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, industry weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x the benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance


Ariel International Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of December 31, 2020
  Ariel International Fund MSCI EAFE MSCI ACWI ex-US
Communication Services 26.52 5.22 7.08
Health Care 16.47 12.86 9.61
Consumer Staples 15.18 10.94 8.97
Utilities 11.74 3.88 3.35
Consumer Discretionary 11.57 12.53 13.84
Financials 11.08 16.31 17.99
Information Technology 2.97 8.94 12.53
Industrials 2.77 15.22 11.62
Energy 0.91 3.13 4.31
Real Estate 0.79 3.10 2.63
Materials 0.00 7.87 8.08

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.



Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of December 31, 2020
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 4.96% 8.26% 6.85% 6.85% 2.83% 4.64% 5.92%
MSCI EAFE 4.65% 16.05% 7.82% 7.82% 4.28% 7.45% 7.67%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 5.41% 17.01% 10.65% 10.65% 4.88% 8.93% 7.22%

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of December 31, 2020
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 4.96% 8.26% 6.85% 6.85% 2.83% 4.64% 5.92%
MSCI EAFE 4.65% 16.05% 7.82% 7.82% 4.28% 7.45% 7.67%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 5.41% 17.01% 10.65% 10.65% 4.88% 8.93% 7.22%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/20: 1.33%*

*As of September 30, 2019, Ariel International Fund (Investor Class) had an annual net expense ratio of 1.13% and a gross expense ratio of 1.32%. Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel International Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. Prior to November 29, 2016, the Expense Cap was 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap was 1.40% for the Investor Class. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. The MSCI ACWI ex US Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or click here. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC. Ariel Distributors, LLC is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.



Ariel International Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of December 31, 2020
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
BELGIUM     4,163,439 0.6
  59,498 KBC Group NV 4,163,439 0.6
BRAZIL     395,772 0.1
  44,720 Telefonica Brasil SA ADR 395,772 0.1
CANADA     3,353,426 0.4
  169,994 Element Fleet Management Corp. 1,786,880 0.2
  57,782 IGM Financial, Inc. 1,566,546 0.2
CHINA     55,601,933 7.5
  193,865 Baidu, Inc. ADR 41,921,368 5.7
  2,399,500 China Mobile Ltd. * 13,680,565 1.8
DENMARK     6,725,203 0.9
  96,406 Novo Nordisk A/S 6,725,203 0.9
FINLAND     14,690,319 2.0
  1,946,243 Nokia Corp. 7,517,021 1.0
  1,834,603 Nokia Corp. ADR 7,173,298 1.0
FRANCE     47,378,797 6.3
  261,010 Michelin (CGDE) 33,464,660 4.5
  55,332 Thales SA 5,062,966 0.7
  101,806 Vivendi SA 3,280,915 0.4
  46,680 BNP Paribas SA 2,458,133 0.3
  14,823 Safran SA 2,099,683 0.3
  17,915 Societe BIC SA 1,012,440 0.1
GERMANY     79,936,542 10.8
  300,205 Deutsche Boerse AG 51,116,606 6.9
  7,685,354 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 21,167,610 2.9
  16,305 Muenchener Rueckversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG 4,844,644 0.7
  20,976 Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA 1,749,134 0.2
  9,208 Beiersdorf AG 1,058,548 0.1
HONG KONG     8,911,112 1.2
  963,500 CLP Holdings Ltd. 8,911,112 1.2
ITALY     35,115,581 4.7
  5,356,263 Snam SpA 30,250,005 4.1
  637,261 Italgas SpA 4,059,361 0.5
  92,803 Banca Mediolanum SpA 806,215 0.1
JAPAN     150,262,356 20.3
  98,300 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 63,102,841 8.5
  1,157,200 Subaru Corp. 23,154,337 3.1
  980,800 Japan Tobacco, Inc. 19,995,731 2.7
  513,000 Bridgestone Corp. 16,824,275 2.3
  109,400 Secom Co., Ltd. 10,092,339 1.4
  211,900 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 5,437,143 0.7
  55,900 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 5,224,114 0.7
  104,500 Sankyo Co., Ltd. 2,827,524 0.4
  70,500 Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 2,124,504 0.3
  49,900 KDDI Corp. 1,479,548 0.2
LUXEMBOURG     2,238,813 0.3
  46,018 RTL Group 2,238,813 0.3
NETHERLANDS     35,969,517 4.9
  1,274,054 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 35,969,517 4.9
PERU     722,836 0.1
  4,407 Credicorp Ltd. 722,836 0.1
PORTUGAL     1,059,961 0.1
  62,782 Jeronimo Martins SGPS SA 1,059,961 0.1
SINGAPORE     959,879 0.1
  136,700 Singapore Exchange Ltd. 959,879 0.1
SPAIN     30,866,299 4.2
  910,294 Endesa SA 24,854,558 3.4
  454,806 Tecnicas Reunidas SA 6,011,741 0.8
SWITZERLAND     80,343,283 10.8
  155,781 Roche Holding AG 54,258,299 7.3
  32,327 Swisscom AG 17,409,299 2.3
  66,258 Novartis AG 6,238,718 0.8
  15,955 Nestle SA 1,886,062 0.3
  5,834 Novartis AG ADR 550,905 0.1
UNITED KINGDOM     55,656,616 7.5
  1,993,599 GlaxoSmithKline plc 36,586,231 4.9
  786,945 National Grid plc 9,308,674 1.3
  2,878,411 Vodafone Group plc 4,760,473 0.6
  651,024 Direct Line Insurance Group plc 2,839,978 0.4
  85,673 St. James's Place plc 1,327,984 0.2
  24,438 Close Brothers Group plc 461,850 0.1
  7,430 AstraZeneca plc ADR 371,426 0.0
UNITED STATES     53,640,509 7.3
  484,938 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 40,148,017 5.4
  182,538 Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 8,617,619 1.2
  36,678 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. 4,874,873 0.7
Total Equities     667,992,193 90.1
Short Term Investments      
  49,288,335 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 49,288,335 6.7
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 23,344,976 3.2
Grand Total     740,625,504 100.0%



* Subsequent to the end of the quarter and prior to January 11, 2021, Ariel International Fund divested its shares in China Mobile Ltd.

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